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Thursday, November 11, 1999 Published at 13:24 GMT


Entertainment

Dublin gears up for MTV show

Spears' game: Britney is nominated for four awards

Teenage pop sensation Britney Spears is one of the front-runners for honours at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards in Dublin.

The 17-year-old, who shot to worldwide fame earlier this year with Baby One More Time, is nominated for four awards at the ceremony, being held in the Irish capital's Point Theatre.


[ image: Lauryn Hill: Nominated three times for MTV prizes]
Lauryn Hill: Nominated three times for MTV prizes
It is being billed as the biggest television event ever in Ireland, and more then 3,000 hotel rooms have been booked out for production staff, journalists, artists and their entourages.

Other performers nominated include George Michael and Boyzone, who have three nominations each, as do US acts Offspring, Backstreet Boys, TLC and Lauryn Hill.

Fatboy Slim and Jamiroquai have two nominations each, as does Latino sensation Ricky Martin.

It could prove to be a busy night for Boyzone singer Ronan Keating - not only are his group nominated, he co-manages boy band Westlife, who are also nominated twice.


[ image: Host and nominee: Boyzone's Ronan Keating, with his wife Yvonne]
Host and nominee: Boyzone's Ronan Keating, with his wife Yvonne
The show also aims to show off the best of Irish talent. Alongside Keating, The Corrs are due to perform at the start of the show, whilst Pierce Brosnan is due to present an award, and U2 will be in the audience.

Niall Stokes, editor of music paper Hot Press, said: "The fact that the MTV show is being mounted in Dublin this year is symbolic in the sense that it recognises the fact that Irish music now covers all the genres from pop to contemporary dance, folk and traditional."

It is the sixth year of the awards, a spin-off from the MTV Video Music Awards held in the US each September.

MTV president Brent Hansen said: "It has become a hot ticket to be a part of. It's a raw live performance show but it's also a highly polished production.

"We've got the format right and this year we're hoping to put an even more creative element into the mix."


[ image: Ricky Martin: Latino superstar nominated twice]
Ricky Martin: Latino superstar nominated twice
Other performances on the night come from Britney Spears, The Cardigans, Mariah Carey and Jamiroquai.

There are 17 awards, and the nominations are decided by an "academy" of European music industry figures and viewers of MTV's European channels. Most of the awards are voted for by viewers.

The awards can be seen live on MTV in the UK at 2000 GMT, with a repeat showing on ITV at 2230.

    Nominations

  • Best Male - Ricky Martin; George Michael; Sasha; Will Smith; Robbie Williams.
  • Best Female - Geri Halliwell; Lauryn Hill; Whitney Houston; Madonna; Britney Spears.
  • Best Breakthrough - Eminem; Jennifer Lopez; Britney Spears; Vengaboys; Westlife.
  • Best Group - Backstreet Boys; The Cardigans; Jamiroquai; The Offspring; TLC.
  • Best R&B - Mariah Carey; Lauryn Hill; Whitney Houston; Jennifer Lopez; TLC.
  • Best Pop - Backstreet Boys; Boyzone; 5ive; Ricky Martin; Britney Spears.
  • Best Hip-Hop - Beastie Boys; Busta Rhymes; Eminem; Sean "Puffy" Coombs; Will Smith.
  • Best Dance - Basement Jaxx; Chemical Brothers; Fatboy Slim; Jamiroquai; Mr Oizo.
  • Best Rock - The Cardigans; Lenny Kravitz; Marilyn Manson; The Offspring; Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Best Album - Millennium, Backstreet Boys; By Request, Boyzone; The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill; Americana, The Offspring; Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Best Song - I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys; Beautiful Stranger, Madonna; As, George Michael with Mary J Blige; Baby One More Time, Britney Spears; No Scrubs, TLC.
  • Best UK & Ireland Act - Basement Jaxx, Boyzone, Lynden David Hall, Manic Street Preachers, Texas, Westlife.
  • Best Video - Windowlicker, Aphex Twin; All Is Full Of Love, Bjork; Coffee And TV, Blur; Praise You, Fatboy Slim; As, George Michael with Mary J Blige.

There are also awards for best German, Italian and Nordic acts, and the special Free Your Mind award, which last year went to Serbian radio station B92.



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